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Liberal Party forms task force to assist De Lima

Sep 26, 2018 - 6:57 PM

The task force is expected to closely coordinate with jailed Senator Leila de Lima to assist her in handling her legal, legislative, and other work-related concerns

LP HONORS DE LIMA. Senator Leila de Lima arrives at the Quezon City Region Trial Court to attend the hearing on her disobedience to summons case on August 2, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Rectos leave Liberal Party, join Nacionalista Party

Sep 21, 2018 - 8:48 PM

The newly formed local party One Batangas also seals an alliance with the Nacionalista Party of the Villars

SANDUGAN. One Batangas seals its alliance with Nacionalista Party on September 21, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Office of Senator Ralph Recto

Robredo hopes more ‘advocates’ to 'professionalize' LP

Sep 15, 2018 - 3:23 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says having non-politician members will help ensure that advocacies, not elections, set party direction

LP CHAIRPERSON. Vice President Leni Robredo hopes the "advocates" now joining the Liberal Party will set a new direction for the party. Screenshot by Rappler

[OPINION] Political independence

Aug 25, 2018 - 10:30 PM

Our political party system has been in an abject state of infantile stagnation

PACT. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio attends the signing of alliances between her regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago and 3 national and 6 local parties. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

HOAX: 'Unpaid SONA protesters' swarm Liberal Party headquarters

Aug 01, 2018 - 4:36 PM

The blog post was published in February 2018, 4 months before the 2018 SONA and the alleged gathering outside the LP headquarters

Robredo swears in new Liberal Party members in Negros Occidental

Jun 15, 2018 - 7:16 PM

'It is much better to open the party membership to non-politicians because we are assured that they join the party not to win the election but because we have the same principles,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

NEW MEMBERS. Some of the new members of the Liberal Party from Negros Occidental who took their oath before Vice President Leni Robredo on June 14, 2018. Contributed photo

Con-Com proposes ban on political turncoats, stricter rules for political parties

May 02, 2018 - 4:44 PM

The Consultative Committee hopes the proposed provisions will lead to 'genuine party politics' based on ideologies instead of on personalities, but at least one member warns this would unduly punish those who feel that their party no longer represents their ideals

Dozens of new political parties register in run-up to Thai poll

Mar 02, 2018 - 1:43 PM

(UPDATED) 'There are 38 groups who have submitted the applications for party registration,' an election official tells Agence France-Presse

THAI POLL. Members of the Ruam Jai Thai Party wait to submit paperwork for the registration of their political party at the Office of the Election Commission of Thailand in Bangkok on March 2, 2018. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

One Cebu members, Liberal Party mayors transfer to Duterte's PDP-Laban

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:55 PM

Deputy Speaker Gwendolyn Garcia, founder and president emeritus of One Cebu party, will lead members in the mass oath taking with PDP-Laban Friday, November 17

JUMPING SHIP. Cebu Representative Gwendolyn Garcia leads their political clan from One Cebu Party to PDP-Laban.

Ex-LP stalwart Mamba to take oath as PDP-Laban chair in Cagayan

Nov 16, 2017 - 6:26 PM

The oath taking comes a year after the Cagayan governor transferred to President Rodrigo Duterte's party

NEW PROVINCIAL CHAIR. Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba will take his oath as PDP-Laban provincial chair on November 17, 2017, more than a year after he jumped ship from the Liberal Party. Photo by Rappler

Trump and Republicans roll out U.S. tax reform plan

Sep 28, 2017 - 7:25 AM

Trump dismisses the existing tax code as a 'relic' that impedes economic expansion, and calls the Republican plan 'the largest tax cut, essentially, in the history of our country'

TAX TALK. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks as Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and other congressional Republicans listen during a press event on tax reform September 27, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Trump agenda imperiled in distracted U.S. Congress

Jun 04, 2017 - 4:09 PM

In the absence of major legislative victories and with crises roiling the White House the Trump administration is desperate for a rallying win

CENTER OF POWER. A view of the Capitol dome is seen on Capitol Hill March 23, 2017 in Washington,DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Oposisyon sa panahon ni Duterte: 'Huwag lang tayong bibitiw'

Jan 23, 2017 - 4:54 PM

Asahang hindi sa lahat ng panahon ay mamamayagpag ang kasinungalingan ang poot diskriminasyon pagkakahati hati

Trump denies transition disarray, Bannon criticism intensifies

Nov 17, 2016 - 8:29 AM

Despite Trump s denial there are mounting signs of turmoil in the process of selecting a cabinet and filling an estimated 4 000 political appointments

A pedestrian walks on 5th Avenue across the street from Trump Tower in New York on November 9, 2016. Mandel Ngan/AFP

#AnimatED: Clinton vs Trump

Nov 07, 2016 - 11:00 AM

The world could be a very dangerous place under a Donald Trump presidency

China president slams 'conspiracies' in Communist Party

Nov 03, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Xi Jinping s strongly worded statement followed a meeting in Beijing last week of hundreds of the party s elite

Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on October 31, 2016. Fred Dufour/AFP

Scotland faces independence dilemma as Brexit looms

Oct 12, 2016 - 8:38 PM

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to explore all options to protect Scotland s place in the EU after Scots bucked the national trend by voting to remain in the bloc

SEAT OF POWER. The Scottish Parliament is pictured at sunset from Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland on June 25, 2016. Oli Scarff/AFP

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Oct 12, 2016 - 1:19 PM

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Trump lashes out at 'disloyal' Republicans

Oct 12, 2016 - 12:54 AM

UPDATED Declaring himself unchained from party strictures the bombastic real estate mogul publicly berates party big wig Paul Ryan as a weak and ineffective leader

US Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (R) and Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump participate in a town hall debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, on October 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / SAUL LOEB

UK Tories unified with Brexiteers: The new establishment

Oct 05, 2016 - 12:40 PM

The jubilant mood at the annual Conservatives conference is being led by its hardline euroskeptics – for years the awkward squad within the party

Delegates attend the second day of the annual Conservative Party conference at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, central England, on October 3, 2016. Oli Scarff/AFP

Brazil's leftist Workers' Party slips in nationwide polls

Oct 03, 2016 - 7:24 AM

Brazilians want change as they struggle through a devastating recession and the fallout from a massive embezzlement and bribery scheme centered on prestigious state oil company Petrobras

A woman casts her vote during the municipal elections' first round, at a school in Sao Bernardo do Campo, 25 km south of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 2, 2016. Nelson Almeida/AFP

Doing it for the kids: Sanders and Clinton court youth vote

Sep 29, 2016 - 12:48 PM

Clinton is hoping that millennial whisperer Sanders can up her street cred among young voters – a tall order the self described democratic socialist from Vermont has taken on

COURTING THE YOUTH. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (L) and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) greet supporters during a campaign rally at University of New Hampshire on September 28, 2016 in Durham, New Hampshire. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

What bills have been refiled in the 17th Congress?

Jul 26, 2016 - 3:32 PM

Lawmakers in the 17th Congress refile bills that languished in the past including measures pushing for freedom of information ending political dynasties and increasing the pension for SSS members

LEGISLATIVE AGENDA. Senate President Koko Pimentel and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez listens to President Rodrigo Duterte as he delivers his first State of the Nation Address on July 25. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Plagiarism controversy, revolt plague Trump at convention opener

Jul 19, 2016 - 2:39 PM

UPDATED Donald Trump s wife Melania is accused of copying parts of her speech from US First Lady Michelle Obama

SPEECH COPIED? Melania Trump, wife of Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, waves to the crowd after delivering a speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Change or safety? Spain decides in repeat election

Jun 26, 2016 - 11:41 AM

Spaniards vote in repeat elections to decide if they too want a radical change as promised by a far left coalition led by on the rise Podemos

A woman looks at electoral campaign posters of left-wing party Podemos on the eve of Spanish general elections in Madrid on June 24, 2016. Jorge Guerrero/AFP

US Democrats fail to force gun control vote in Congress

Jun 23, 2016 - 6:31 AM

UPDATED Despite a dramatic sit in Republican Speaker Paul Ryan refuses to allow votes on two gun control bills backed by Democrats

This video grab courtesy of C-SPAN shows a sit-in at the US House of Representatives on June 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. C-SPAN/AFP

Obama congratulates Clinton, will meet Sanders June 9

Jun 08, 2016 - 1:09 PM

The late night statement fuels speculation about whether Sanders would take his fight all the way to the Democratic convention in July or concede defeat

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) campaigns in the Silverlake neighborhood on June 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Clinton, Trump kick off their White House war

Jun 08, 2016 - 10:59 AM

3rd UPDATE Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit to be president and commander in chief says Hillary Clinton

'HISTORIC.' Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives onstage during a primary night rally at the Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, June 7, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Libertarians name ex-Republican governor as presidential pick

May 30, 2016 - 7:29 AM

In at least two recent national polls former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson scored 10 in hypothetical 3 way contests against Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

IN THE RACE. US Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson speaks to AFP during an interview in Washington, DC, on May 9, 2016. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

#USVote: Libertarians to pick bet in a year when they might matter

May 29, 2016 - 9:18 AM

With many American voters seeming dismayed or at least uninspired by the apparent choices on the major party menu Libertarians are hoping the nominee they select can lure large numbers of the disaffected

THIRD CANDIDATE. US Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson walks in Lafayette Park across from the White House during an interview with Agence France-Presse in Washington, DC, on May 9, 2016. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Robredo daughter: Leni's VP bid a 'people's campaign'

May 06, 2016 - 8:24 AM

Leni Robredo s daughter Aika says the family is grateful for donations and fundraisers organized by supporters who didn t waver even when Leni was at the bottom of survey rankings then

PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN. Aika Robredo says the family is grateful for the donations and fundraisers organized by supporters. Screenshot from Rappler interview

At LP event, Soliman hits Roxas-Robredo's rivals over 4Ps

Apr 14, 2016 - 11:29 AM

DSWD Secretary: Bakit tayo nakikinig sa mga taong walang ginawa kundi batikusin ang programa pero ngayon ay pinapangako na?

Aquino, Roxas endorse Arroyo ally in Zambales

Apr 06, 2016 - 9:47 PM

The President and his presidential bet endorse reelectionist Governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr before a crowd of social welfare beneficiaries from Zambales 13 towns

PARTNERS. President Benigno Aquino III, Liberal Party presidential candidate Mar Roxas, and vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo raise the hands of Zambales Governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr on April 5, 2016, as they urged Zambaleños to vote for the administration slate and the local Sulong Zambales Party. Photo by Randy V. Datu/Rappler

In Aquino province, some NPC mayors back Bongbong Marcos

Mar 28, 2016 - 9:52 PM

The vice presidential bet says Ilocanos dominate the northern towns of Tarlac and that NPC founder Danding Cojuangco has allowed mayors to support him

ILOCANOS OF TARLAC. Vice presidential candidate Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr convenes barangay officials in the town of San Manuel, Tarlac, on March 28, 2016. He visits Tarlac's northern towns of Tarlac, where Ilocanos reside. Photo by Dax Simbol/Rappler

UK finance minister fights back in bitter budget row

Mar 23, 2016 - 1:31 PM

Welfare cuts in the budget prompted the resignation of a top minister and unleashed vicious fighting in the Conservative Party

In this photo, British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne departs 11 Downing Street with his budget box in London, Britain, March 16, 2016. Andy Rain/EPA

Australian PM threatens early polls over labor union legislation

Mar 21, 2016 - 3:42 PM

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull threatens to hold early general elections if parliament fails to end a deadlock over legislation on unions

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, March 21, 2016. Adrian Muscat/EPA

Ex-LP chair in Negros Occidental declares support for Poe, Escudero

Mar 18, 2016 - 4:15 PM

UPDATED Other Visayan congressmen say Representative Albee Benitez s break from the Liberal Party will not affect the campaign of Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo

Grace Poe confirms politicians from other parties to join her

Mar 09, 2016 - 6:21 PM

The presidential candidate refuses to identify the politicians or their political parties but says A lot of them already talked to us

Presidential candidate, Sen. Grace Poe speaks in a rally organized by the Gabriela Party List on International Women's Day, March 8, 2016 at Liwasang Bonifacio, Mania.

Why Leni Robredo is my choice of conscience

Feb 28, 2016 - 7:10 PM

Former 1986 Constitutional Commission member Ed Garcia who was Leni Robredo s former professor in UP writes why he s supporting her

Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Jeb Bush ends White House bid

Feb 21, 2016 - 10:02 AM

3rd UPDATE Bush: I m proud of the campaign that we have run to unify our country

In this file photo, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks at a CNN Town Hall in Columbia, South Carolina, USA, February 18, 2016. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Comelec omits Miriam Santiago's party from some ballots

Feb 18, 2016 - 7:38 PM

The presidential candidate wants ballots without the name of her party – the People s Reform Party – to be invalidated

THIRD TRY. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago files her third COC for the presidency. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Elections chief denies bias for Grace Poe

Jan 11, 2016 - 7:50 PM

His accuser Commissioner Rowena Guanzon has herself been accused by the opposition UNA of working for administration standard bearer Mar Roxas

BEFORE THE TENSION. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista (right) and Commissioner Rowena Guanzon (left) chat on the sidelines of their oath-taking at the poll body's main office on May 4, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Comelec: 1,400 bets to lose political party perks

Dec 20, 2015 - 11:02 AM

They can still run but they’ll just be now considered as independent Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim tells Rappler

Aquino to critics: Spare Robredo kids, this is personal to me

Oct 05, 2015 - 12:20 PM

Personalan na tayo kung doon kayo hahantong says President Aquino

Roxas: I’m the 2016 underdog

Sep 24, 2015 - 8:45 PM

The administration standard bearer says his advantage is not the government s resources but its track record

Local mass-based parties: The way to beat dynasties

Aug 25, 2015 - 10:00 AM

My message to reformers thus is this: forget running in 2016

Grace Poe could propel NPC as PH’s biggest political party

Aug 10, 2015 - 9:40 PM

It is also a shot for NPC to have its own presidential candidate again after the failed bid of its founder businessman Eduardo Cojuangco Jr in 1992

PACKAGE DEAL? Senators Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Liberal Party: Sustaining a rebirth

Jul 31, 2015 - 6:00 PM

At stake is not only Malacañang – and all the power that comes with the office – but the membership that will likely dwindle again if Mar Roxas loses The Volkswagen joke could become LP s reality again

President Benigno S. Aquino III formally endorses Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II as the standard-bearer of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) in the 2016 Presidential elections during the “A Gathering of Friends” at the Cory C. Aquino Kalayaan Hall of the Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan City on Friday, July 31, 2015. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Rage against the (party) machine

Jul 31, 2015 - 1:30 PM

In the current electoral campaign dynamics winnability is popularity plus money plus machinery

LP kicks out Camarines Norte gov over mistress scandal

Jun 24, 2015 - 7:34 PM

It is necessary that its members should strive at all times to uphold the honor and maintain the dignity of the party even in their private lives reads the Liberal Party s resolution on Governor Edgardo Tallado